Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New Reads:

I've been reading the second book in the All Souls Trilogy, Shadow of Night, by Deborah Harkness. I read the first novel, Discovery of Witches, back in February and really liked it. And here is what the second is like:

"A Discovery of Witches introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford's scholar and reluctant witch, and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, two otherworldly  beings who found themselves at the center of a battle over a lost, enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782. Drawn to each other despite long-standing taboos, and in pursuit of Diana's spellbound powers, the two now embark upon a timewalking journey.

Book two of the All Souls trilogy plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies and subterfuge, and a conterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night. The mission is to locate a witch to tutor Diana and to find traces of Ashmole 782, but as the net of Matthew's past tightens around them they embark on a very different journey, one that takes them into the heart of the fifteen-hundred-year-old vampire's shadowed history and secrets. For Matthew Clairmont, time travel is no simple matter; nor is Diana's search for the key to understanding her legacy. 

In Shadow of Night, Harkness again weaves a rich and splendid tapestry of alchemy, magic, and history. The love story deepens as she takes us through the loop of time in a tale of blood, passion, and the knotted strands of the past to deliver one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the year."

It's good -- I really like it. But I really liked the first one. I really like this story. History + fantasy = a good time.

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